The Christian County Health Department strives to follow local, state and federal regulations to protect individual privacy and protected health information (PHI).
Without individual authorization, the Health Department may disclose PHI to a public health authority* that is legally authorized to collect or receive the information for the purposes of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability including, but not limited to
reporting of disease, injury, and vital events (e.g., birth or death); and
conducting public health surveillance, investigations, and interventions. PHI may also be disclosed without individual authorization to
report child abuse or neglect to a public health or other government authority legally authorized to receive such reports;
a person subject to jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning the quality, safety, or effectiveness of an FDA-related product or activity for which that person has responsibility;
a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition, when legally authorized to notify the person as necessary to conduct a public health intervention or investigation; and
an individual’s employer, under certain circumstances and conditions, as needed for the employer to meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, or a similar state law.
Source: CDC. Adapted from [45 CFR § 164.512(b)].
* Or to an entity working under a grant of authority from a public health authority, or when directed by a public health authority, to a foreign government agency that is acting in collaboration with a public health authority.